Request for Proposals (RFP) Notice: Medication Discovery Using Rat Models of Relapse

Notice Number: NOT-DA-19-061

Key Dates
Release Date: March 14, 2019

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Issued by
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)


The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) intends to solicit proposals from qualified organizations (NAICS Code 541715) having in-house capability to develop methodologies and to perform in vivo rodent behavioral pharmacology for other drug dependence disorders, using drug self-administration reinstatement models.

The object of this contract is to determine the in vivo efficacy of novel compounds in animal models of relapse using cocaine, nicotine, methamphetamine, or opioids. This includes the following tests in animals trained to self-administer cocaine (for example): (1) the ability of test compound to block footshock or other stress-induced reinstatement of responding after a period of experimental extinction; (2) the ability of a test compound to block priming-induced reinstatement of responding after a period of extinction; and (3) the ability of a test compound to block the effects of a conditioned cue (previously paired with the training drug) to reinstate responding for the training drug (cocaine, nicotine, methamphetamine, or an opioid) after a period of extinction.

An integral part of this work is to develop methods and to design and implement protocols for the evaluation of test compounds. A number of laboratories have used some of the methodologies described in the literature. While recognizing the need for methods development, NIDA anticipates that by Option Period 1, if Options are exercised, the majority of the Contractor’s efforts will be devoted to test compound evaluations. The Contractor shall identify and acquire standard compounds that merit the aforementioned types of evaluation. In addition, if NIDA exercises specific contract options, this contract shall support follow-up rodent pharmacology studies of compounds identified as promising potential drug-dependence treatment agents including through the use of drug self-administration studies. The details of these latter studies cannot be specified before contract award; they will depend upon specific successes in NIDA’s medication discovery efforts and scientific advances in the general field of drug abuse research. Written reports documenting the study findings are the anticipated end products of this contract.

Mandatory Criteria:

Due to the nature of the compounds which will be evaluated under this contract, it is mandatory that offerors possess prior to award US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Research Registration for Schedules II to V in order to handle substances under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. In addition, the successful offeror must either possess or demonstrate the ability to obtain prior to award DEA registration for Schedule I controlled substances.

The offeror must demonstrate its understanding and compliance with the NIH Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. The Offeror shall submit evidence that its proposal was reviewed and approved by the Institution’s Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). The Assurance number shall be provided with the proposal.


We anticipate the award of one cost-reimbursement, level of effort contract for a base period of one year with four one-year options to extend performance. The contract will include additional quantity options.

RFP No. 75N950-19R-00004 will be available electronically on or about 15 days from the date of this posting. You can access the RFP through the FedBizOpps (URL: or through the NIDA website: (URL: All information required for the submission of a proposal will be contained in or accessible through the RFP package. Responses to the RFP will be due 30 days from the release date. NIDA anticipates a July 2019 award date. NIDA will consider proposals submitted by any responsible offeror.

Based upon market research, the Government is not using the policies contained in Part 12, Acquisition of Commercial Items, in its solicitation for the described supplies or services. However, interested persons may identify to the Contracting Officer their interest and capability to satisfy the Government’s requirement with a commercial item within 15 days of this notice.

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Please direct all inquiries to:

Tracy Cain
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301.443.6677
Fax: 301.443.7595